A haunted jaunt to Dallas
f11photo/Shutterstock Although Dallas actually made Zillow’s top-20 trick-or-treat cities, former Dallas City Council member, Ann Margolin, says that Dallas is also known for having some of the best haunted houses around. One of them, the Cutting Edge, is consistently ranked one of the largest and most terrifying haunted houses in the country. Located in an abandoned meatpacking plant, it boasts an “unnervingly realistic setup” that combines live actors with lifelike mannequins and special effects. “When my kids were little, we just did the walking the block trick-or-treat thing,” Margolin notes, but things have definitely changed since then. Here are some of the many other Halloween activities you can do in Dallas. Here are the 20 best haunted houses in America.
Columbus for costuming
f11photo/Shutterstock Columbus also made Zillow’s top 20, and Columbus resident and professor Rebecca Haidt, couldn’t agree more with that ranking. “What we see here is a lot of upscale suburbs hosting trick-or-treaters from less-than-fortunate neighborhoods. It’s only partly about the candy. It’s also about the super-safe and welcoming community feel.”
Haidt also recommends the legendary HighBall Halloween, which is billed as “the nation’s most elaborate costume party.” “Staged in the fashion capital of Columbus,” the website states, “this yearly event for the Halloween season bridges runway style with the culture of the Short North Arts District. Be a part of the HighBall Halloween street spectacle and model yourself on High Street. At HighBall Halloween, you are what you wear.”
There’s also the amazing Circleville Pumpkin Show, which features some impressively enormous gourds. One of Haidt’s students requested an absence for it “because she grew one whose enormity merited entry into the show.”
Grayhawk in Scottsdale, AZ
Tim Roberts Photography/Shutterstock With Phoenix on Zillow’s top-20 list, Scottsdale mom Vanessa Gorelkin wonders how Scottsdale didn’t make the cut, particularly when the Grayhawk neighborhood (where she lives) is renowned for its massive Halloween block parties. “There are bouncy houses, scary decorations, and really amazing lighting,” Gorelkin says. “People really go all out with the hospitality, handing out regular-size candy bars and adult beverages for the grown-ups.” Even the streets have spooky names. Take your pumpkin carving to the next level (or just make it seem like you did) by using one of these 31 free Jack-o-Lantern stencils.